Happiness is relative. A pandemic stricken 2020 NFL season insinuated just that. The virus threat is back once again, cases are rising exponentially despite the vaccination program’s success. Amid this chaos, NFL 2021 kick starts on September 9, 2021. The regular season will continue till January 9, 2022, and the action will end with the climax of Super Bowl LVI on February 13, 2022. Like last year, strict Covid-19 protocols will be in place and players will be frequently tested.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers amassed a massive win in the finals against Kansas City Chiefs 31-9. Even the magician, Patrick Mahomes couldn’t do much. Yes, the Chiefs let down some quality throws from their quarterback but they were swept over completely. No touchdowns were scored, the nine points were from Butker’s three field goals. Mahomes and his men will learn from their mistakes. So will the others. A new season brings new hope for all the teams in the NFL.
A dreamy finish in the Super Bowl LV might have ended the run of the veteran, Tom Brady. A revelation on July 15 about Brady’s torn MCL and his playing with it throughout the 2020 season was a shock to the fans. He signed a one-year contract extension with the Bucs in March. He underwent knee surgery during the break between the seasons.
TV Channel, Live Coverage and Online Streaming
In the US, one of the six national networks like Fox NFL, ESPN, ABC, NFL Network, CBS, and NBC will broadcast games in the regular season. Playoffs and Super Bowl will be available in Fox NFL, NFL on CBS, ESPN, ABC, and NFL on Westwood One Sports.
Channels like CTV, CTV2, TSN, and RDS telecasts the games in Canada.
The Mexican fans have several options such as ESPN Latin America, FOX Sports Latin America, Azteca Deportes, and Televisa Deportes.
In the UK and Ireland, Sky Sports NFL and the OTP channel Now cover all the games of the NFL season 2021-22.
The international audience can get access to the games through the NFL game pass in the online platform. The annual subscription offers NFL RedZone Live and NFL network live in addition to the games.
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The NFL 2021-22 Divisional Round produced four of the most exhilarating matchups of the season, the outcomes of all of which came down to the final play. The football world also had a sneak-peak of a quarterback rivalry that could potentially rule the league soon enough: Patrick Mahomes vs Josh Allen. The season is down to four teams. The NFC Championship game features the Niners and Rams at SoFi Stadium whereas the Chiefs are pitted against the Bengals for the AFC title. Here’s BettingPremier’s take on the Conference Championship games:
Kansas City Chiefs vs Cincinnati Bengals
The Kansas City Chiefs play host to the Cincinnati Bengals at Arrowhead Stadium in the AFC Conference championship game of 2021-22 NFL season. The Chiefs outlasted the Buffalo Bills 42-36 in an epic divisional-round matchup to head to their fourth consecutive AFC title game under coach Andy Reid. The matchup showed a glimpse of how the QBs Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen will be ruling the NFL for the foreseeable future. Mahomes pulled off the nearly impossible, tying the game with 13 minutes left on the clock in regulation and finding Travis Kelce to notch a touchdown in overtime. Tyrann Mathieu suffered a concussion and had to leave the game midway.
The Cincinnati Bengals beat the Tennessee Titans 19-16 to enter their first AFC championship game since 1988. Joe Burrow showed once again that it’s not a great idea to label his team as an underdog. The Titans sacked the quarterback for a playoff-record nine times but he responded by completing 28-of-37 pass attempts for 348 yards. The pressure on him was immense and relentless, yet he hit on 75.7 per cent of his passes. The Bengals are determined, it was the must-win mentality that helped beat the same opponents 34-31 when they met in Week 17. But Cincinnati will need much more than that in this rematch in the form of the conference championship. As was made obvious, there is no betting against Patrick Mahomes at this point of the season.
Los Angeles Rams vs San Francisco 49ers
The Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers lock horns with each other at SoFi Stadium in the NFC title game of 2021-22 NFL season. The Rams beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30-27 in a dramatic matchup of the divisional rounds. Veteran QB Matthew Stafford is now just a game away from the biggest game of all. Tom Brady and the defending champions were leading the game 27-3 in the third quarter but Stafford orchestrated a phenomenal comeback to deny Brady another conference championship and Super Bowl appearance. Odell Beckham is once again being the difference-maker at receiver after a slump. The defensive line features Aaron Donald, Von Miller and Leonard Floyd but the fact that Los Angeles lost all four of their fumbles against the Bucs can’t be overlooked. However, the Rams were clearly the better side in the game.
The San Francisco 49ers pulled off late-game magic at Lambeau Field to carry themselves past the Green Bay Packers 13-10 in a thriller of a divisional-round game. It was the special teams that helped seal the win but it will come down to the defence in the title game against the Rams. Plus the way the divisional round games went down is indicative of the decisive role kickers might play in the championship games as well. This is a rivalry the Niners have dominated over the past three years but this time around, Los Angeles seem like the better squad. Matthew Stafford will likely play his first Super Bowl.
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